SmartVille in Richings Park & Thorney

SmartVille Richings Park was launched in 2018 by volunteers in the community who’ve set up the scheme; raised funds; manage incoming requests for information & deal with the relevant authorities.

SmartVille was set up in direct response to a sharp increase in crime rates in Richings Park and the surrounding area. The key objectives are:

  • To provide ANPR & CCTV images that support the authorities in the identification and prosecution of those carrying out crime here
  • To act as deterrent to those targeting the village for criminal purposes

Funding so far

The Richings Park project team have raised more than £15,000 in funding to date from local residents, business and a grant from the PCC fund.

Future funding

Phase I was completed by the end of 2019 and and is providing positive results.

Phase II is now over half complete, but we require more funding to finish the project.

Even the smallest contribution will help to finish the project and also help to maintain the network into the future should any hardware need replacing.

Please help to support Smartville in Richings Park and Thorney by making a contribution using the donate button below.

If you are a business who want to contribute with a single donation or want to become a sponsor, please get in touch by using the form below so we can answer your questions and add your business logo to our supporters section.

Remember 100% of the funding we receive goes towards improvements and maintenance!

Thank you

The SmartVille Team would like to especially thank:

  • Everyone who has made a financial contribution to the project since it started

  • All homeowners and businesses who kindly agreed to allowing us to use their property to site a Smartville camera

  • Everyone who has donated their time to help get the project up and running


  • The funds are managed by Richings Park Residents Association.
  • 100% of the funding goes towards the scheme.
  • The funds have been used to purchase and install a mix of ANPR and CCTV cameras for installation in key locations around the village.
  • They help us to gather information and evidence in the event of a crime that has either happened already, is happening now, or may be being planned.
  • All information gathered is then passed on directly to the Police in the event of a crime or the Council for fly tipping.

Yes! In Richings Park we provided information one week after the first camera was installed and have been doing so ever since.

We have provided information in for all types of crime and antisocial behaviour to The Police and local authorities.

This information has helped to identify criminals and has resulted in arrests and successful prosecutions.

Information provided has also helped to locate a missing person and to prevent crimes that were being planned.

We’ve also provided direct support to The Police to help them direct resources into the right location in the event of ongoing incidents by using the ANPR cameras to advise them if a suspect vehicle has entered our area.

  • We can only access the network if a crime has been reported.
  • We only view cameras at the location relevant to where the incident happened.
  • We only access these cameras for the date and time required to help with detection.
  • All information or evidence gathered is supplied directly to the authorities to help them with their enquiries.

To complete Phase II, we need to raise funds to purchase and install a few further cameras. These cameras will help to:

  • Provide broader coverage of all key junctions.
  • Speed up information gathering for live incidents.
  • Speed up information gathering for historic incidents.
  • Provide much stronger supporting evidence to help secure arrests and to improve the likelihood of a successful prosecution.

Reporting an incident to The Police

For emergencies
If a crime is happening now or you about to happen – Call 999 and make a note of the Crime Reference Number.

If you want to report an incident that has already happened or have a non-emergency – Call 101 or report online.

Silent 999 calls
If you’re in danger but you can’t talk on the phone, you should still call 999then follow these instructions.

Please use this link to access full information on how reporting a crime to The Police.

Report anonymously via CrimeStoppers
Contact Crimestoppers to anonymously report a crime or suspicious behaviour.

By phone: 0800 555 111

Contacting the SmartVille Richings Park team

We are only allowed to access the SmartVille cameras in the event of a reported or ongoing crime and they are to be used for evidence gathering purposes only.

Before contacting us:
  1. Report the incident to the relevant authorities.
  2. Write down the ‘reference number’ provided.

Then email us at: OR use the form below.
Information we will need:
  • Crime reference or Incident number
  • Your name; email and contact number
  • Location of incident
  • Date and time of incident
  • Details of incident

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